Housing/urban Issues/Gentrification

Code locks return to area Starbucks restrooms

Over the course of the July 4 weekend, several DC area Starbucks outlets were observed with code locks on restroom doors reactivated. They were turned off (but never removed) in the aftermath of the infamous Philadelphia incident where an African-American businessman was arrested after asking to use to toilet. It looks like Starbucks's plan from day 1 was to turn the locks off only long enough for the uproar to die down.

Pride festival features MPD in repudiation of No Justice No Pride's message

Two years ago, No Justice No Pride blocked MPD, Lockheed-Martin, and Wells Fargo's contingents in the Capitol Pride parade. While negotiations and promises resulted and the lead contingents of the parade were real community groups this year, much of the core message has been ignored. MPD's "special Liason branch" was given a display position right at the entrance to the 2019 Capitol Pride festival. This is a direct repudiation of NJNP's "no cops at Pride" posture.

MPD "special Liason Branch" booth at entrance to the Pride Festival. Only the center position at the entrance is more valuble

DontMuteDC holds another huge go-go at 14th and U

On the 7th of May, another #DontMuteDC go-go night took over the streets at 14th and U. This one may have been the largest yet based on videos shot from the air.

Video from a rooftop or drone supporting estimate of 3,000 participants 28 sec

Massive #DontMuteDC event at 14th and U features go-go music, dirt bikes

On the 23rd of April, the #DontMuteDC movement sparked by a single "New Washingtonian" attemting to silence go-go music at MetroPCS returned to 14th and U sts NW. This time the protest had a new demand: fully funding DC schools in Wards 7 and 8. For the evening a touch of Anacostia was brought to 14th st as go-go music pumped and dirt bike/ATV riders showed up to cheers from the crowd.

Video sample of the go-go music and scene with the dirt bikes/ATV's 1 min 24 sec

14th and U shortly before sunset on April 23

IMF Warns of Global Financial Crisis Risk

Washington DC - For the second day in a row, the International Monetary Fund raised concerns of pending financial crisis. Ahead of the Spring IMF and World Bank meetings, the IMF released the Global Financial Stability Report, warning of "vulnerabilities" in corporate debt, house values and sovereign (country) debt."We are seeing some of same conditions that created the 2008 financial crisis and the IMF worries that we are not doing enough to prevent the next financial crisis," stated Jubilee USA Executive Director Eric LeCompte who monitors IMF reports.

Huge crowd dances to go-go on U st after music returns to MetroPCS

On the 9th of April, a huge crowd celebrated and danced to go-go on U st. What was to be a protest had become a celebration as the enemies of go-go threw in the towel and the music was back on at the 7th and FL Ave MetroPCS.

Video-crowd dances to go-go on U st after victory over complaint about go-go at MetroPCS

The scene on U st after sunset on April 9(still from Julina Dion G's video as cut for horizontal screeen)

Go-Go music ban imposed on MetroPCS store draws protest and petitions

On the 7th of April resident of the new Shaw luxury building known as The Shay threatened MetroPCS at 7th and Fl Ave with a lawsuit for playing Go-go music. T-Mobile also reportedly ordered them to stop playing the music, probably in response to the same complain from the same "New Washingtonian." On the 8th of April, supporters of Go-Go music held a protest at the MetroPCS store demanding they be allowed to turn the music back on.

Update April 9:Go-go music is back on the speaker outside Metro PCS, folks at the scene report victory

K_Michelle video originally posted to Twitter of performance outside the beseiged MetroPCS store

Still from K MIchelle video of go-go performance outside MetroPCS

Rent-striking tenants of 1454 Irving backed by supporters rally and march on 14th st

On the 5th of April rent-striking tenants of 1454 Irving St NW rallied at Columbia Heights Civic Plaza and then marched on 14th st.This was the second Friday in a row of these protests. Tenants are withholding rent in opposition to what appears to be an attempt at "eviction by neglect" with mold, broken heat, and pest infestation intentionally not repaired. The landlord has made it clear he wants the tenants OUT. Many have been there since the 1970's and the surrounding area has been gentrified.

Sanctuary DMV video of the march orginally posted to Twitter 17 sec

Sanctuary DMV photo of the rally

Housing protesters show up at Mayor Bowser's State of the District Address

On the 18th of March, DC's Mayor Muriel Bowser held her annual State of the District address. Outside, protesters demanded she spend money on public housing instead of corporate giveaways and halt "redevelopment" projects that displace low income residents and give public land to private developers.

Video including a discussion with one of the picketers about the Bowser/Greg Casten(developer) relationship2 min 52 sec

One of three embattled Congress Heights apartment buildings burns.

For years developer Geoff Griffis and his friends at CityPartners LLC have been trying to evict the tenants of the Congress Heights apartments in SE DC so a "mixed-use" condo and office building could be put up over the Congress Heights Metro. For years these plans have been stalled by tenant protests and activism. Griffis has had protesters at his house and WMATA refused to sell him a key parcel. Now, on the night of Nov 1 to Nov 2, one of the three buildings has burned. Tenants are urgently requesting assistance to replace possessions and repair fire damage.(GoFundMe page) Surely CityPartners LLC will give them nothing-the fire is just too convenient for their plans.

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